Would you? Could you?
Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you are
right. This challenge applies to your success with
PhotoReading. If you think it’s something magical, something
that only a mystic with special abilites can do then you will
hinder your success with the PhotoReading system.
Let me tell you a secret about
It’s not mystical, It’s not magic. The system as a whole
uses skills you naturally use everyday. If you are reading this
you have the most important skill for PhotoReading mastery. You
already know how to read. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow
you naturally read it’s your ability to understand this
at your current reading speed.
PhotoReading is the next step in reading. The skills that
you should have been taught when you entered high school. What
you learned in Elementary or Primary school is what you needed
to know to master the first stage of reading. The PhotoReading
system takes you to the next level.
When you learn PhotoReading in a live seminar, home study
course or even the book you will notice that you are taught
some additional reading skills. Skills that help set your
focus. You could easily double your reading speed by applying
these basic skills.
The PhotoReading step also uses some of your natural skills.
If you drive a car you probably use this skill more than you
realise to get you to your destination. Brain research also
shows more and more that there is more perceptual powers in the
networks of your non-conscious mind than your conscious mind
access. To say we use only 1% of our conscious mind is an over
estimate. If you ever consider the art of reading you might
notice that it involves a lot of non-conscious processes.
Do you ever go back to re-read a sentence because, you
didn’t understand it? Who told you you didn’t understand it?
Your non-conscious processes of course.
Do you ever re-read something because you realised you
missed a word or read it wrong? Again, who told you? You’re no
longer reading to your primary school teacher or tutor. So it
was a non-conscious part of your mind that is monitoring this.
You have a non-conscious part of your mind watching over you as
With the PhotoReading step you give your non-conscious mind
a mental snap shot of the text you wish to read. Don’t worry
about your mind being able to handle this non-consciously. It
can. As you have proved to yourself if you’ve ever re-read
words or sentences of a book.
The challenge is realising that the PhotoReading step is not
done consciously and it requires trusting that part of you that
you trust for so many other experiences.
One of the misunderstandings about the PhotoReading system
is reading at 25,000 words a minute. It isn’t reading at 25,000
words a minute it’s PhotoReading at 25,000 to 100,000 words a
Reading is done consciously and cannot comfortably exceed
1000 words a minute. Faster than that you have to start
skimming. If you take the figure that the conscious mind can
only handle 7 plus or minus 2 bits of information a second and
allow that one word is one bit. The maximum reading speed is
560 words a minute.
The non-conscious mind takes in 2 milion bits of information
a second. Therefore non-consciously 25,000 to 100,000 is a
There are a couple of other stumbling blocks that affect the
belief of the learner. One is the stories and videos of expert
PhotoReaders. The ones who flip the pages of the book or sroll
the computer screen and then answer questions about the text.
First it must be understood that they have used the
PhotoReading system for a while and have the confidence a
learner doesn't. They had built the non-conscious to conscious
mind connection and trust their ability. The beginner has
trouble believing they are capable of it yet so hinder their
Here is a paradox. If you don’t believe you can do it
then test the system you’re going to score as you believe. Just
like if you don't believe you can drive or swim you will
experience your expectation. The way to do what the expert
photoreader does is use the system enough to own the system.
This means shifting out of limiting reading and passive reading
habits that you learned in elementary or primary school.
This brings us to the second stumbling block. The passive
reading habit. The PhotoReading system is an active reading
system. By active I mean you know what you want from what you
are reading and be able to recognise when you’ve consciously
grasped that. The techniques are rather easy and the activation
step when applied quickly help the beginner to get through
their reading material 3 to 5 times faster in a live
Here again we run into a problem of habit. It’s habit that
keep us in the passive reading approach. By applying the
photoreading system a beginner can get their reading done three
to 5 times faster. However because they look at the
photorreading experts they hold the belief they cannot do it
well enough they put in no to minimum effort for impact. Their
belief that it’s difficult keeps them stuck in the passive
reading approach taking for 12 to 18 hours per book as always
because they think the experts get through all their books in 3
to 20 minutes. They see 4 to 6 hours as a failure to apply the
system and consider themselves as failures because it's taken
longer than 1 minute.
What you see and the success stories are exciting
experiences however even expert photoreaders spends a little
more time with the books they really want to know. In fact the
more books they have used the full system on the better their
conscious - non-conscious mind connection that such
demonstrations become possible.
I consider myself an expert photoreader and a book of about
350 pages that I really want to understand and expect to learn
something important from would take me 30 to 120 minutes. It
depends on my reading purpose. By the same token there are many
books I only spend 5 to 15 minutes with to discover they have
nothing of interest to me. These books I have put on my mental
bookshelf. I can always come back to them if my circumstances
change and it does become important.
If you can believe that you can read you have the necessary
skills to become a proficient photoreader. You may never be
demonstrating the photoreading tricks you might find on
the web. I’ve been asked to create some videos of myself
performing these tricks. Cool as they may be they aren’t what
photoreading is about for me.
For me it’s the next level of reading that I wish I could
have learned when I started high school. It’s the skill I wish
I had when I was studying after school and working. It helps me
get my reading done 3 to 15 times faster. As I mentioned it
depends on what I want so not all books are equal. I enjoy life
and I like to read what I need and want to read quickly. For
that I use the PhotoReading Whole mind system. Instead of
spending 18 waking hours in one book I can enjoy that book with
the same level of comprehension in 30 minutes to 3 hours
freeing up at least 15 hours for other things in my life.
Learning through books is so much easier with
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